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Old 01-20-2006, 08:08 PM   #1
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Turtle Bay Golf Club Course Tour - SBS Open (Front 9)

Hi everyone!! I am a big fan of MW and have been posting the Course descriptions, where MW is playing in the MW section. MW is now going to play in the SBS Open at Turtle Bay, the first LPGA tournament of the year. I figured it may be better to share the info with all of LPGA fans by posting here. If usual MW fans vs. anti MW discussions show up again, I will move the post to the MW section.

SBS has invited Annika, Grace, Se Ri, Meg, Lorena, Cristie, and Michelle, it seems they are all going to be in the tournament including Paula and Morgan Pressel. It is going to be a great tournament. Way to go LPGA!!

2006 SBS Open Schedule:
MONDAY - February 13
Pro-Qualifying Tournament - 8 a.m.

TUESDAY - February 14
Professional Practice - All Day

WEDNESDAY - February 15
Pro-Am Tournament - 7 a.m.

THURSDAY - February 16
First Round* - All Day

FRIDAY - February 17
Second Round* - All Day

SATURDAY - February 18
Final Round* - All Day
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Old 01-20-2006, 08:10 PM   #2
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Turtle Bay - General Info



General Info

The Palmer Course at Turtle Bay Resort is an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Arnold Palmer and Ed Seay. When played from the Palmer (black) tees, the course will offer a stern challenge to the best players in the world. However, there are five sets of tees on each hole, and in some cases, six. This ensures that the course can be enjoyed by any caliber of golfer and is a hallmark of Palmer/Seay designs.

This Arnold Palmer designed golf course opened in 1992 and is a blend of raw wildness of the original links courses in the British Isles; the serenity and stately majesty of course in the Carolinas; and the indescribable beauty of the natural Hawaiian scenery on Oahu's North Shore.

"The Links" surrounds the Punahoolapa Marsh, a 100 acre wetland preserve which winds its way through the course as a unique and beautiful water hazard - home to many species of endangered Hawaiian waterfowl.

The Palmer Course at Turtle Bay Resort features two distinctly different experiences. The front nine is nearly devoid of trees and shrubs. It features sand, water, wind, and rolling terrain. The back nine plays through a forest of ironwood pines and offers a very different feel. The 17th hole is unquestionably the signature hole on the course with no less than nine craggy bunkers surrounding the landing area and extending all the way up to the green. The 17th green sits on a plateau only 100 feet from the ocean.


Golf Course Stats

Five Tees
Length: 4,851 – 7,199 yards
Course Rating: 64.3 – 75.0
USGA Slope Rating: 121- 141

Palmer Course at Turtle Bay Resort surrounds a beautiful wetland preserve known as the Punaho'olapa Marsh. This 100-acre preserve is home to many endangered species of Hawaiian birds. A man-made moat separates the wetlands from the golf course. Signage depicting several of the birds has been placed at strategic locations along the moat.

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Hole 1



Hole 1
Par 4 383 Yards

This dogleg right requires a left to right tee shot. Second shot should favor left side of green to compensate for the prevailing left to right trade winds.

A fade works best off the tee. There is more room to the right than you think. Approach shot should favor the left side of the green.

Green Depth: 28 yards
Green Width: 29 yards

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Hole 2
Par 4 376 Yards

The yardage of this hole can be deceiving. Plays directly into the wind, long second shot required into a bunkerless green. A vast fairway bunker guards the right side of the landing area on this fairway.

Aim tee shot at the left fairway bunker. Take extra club for the second shot against the wind.

Green depth: 35 yards
Green width: 23 yards

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Hole 3
Par 5 452 Yards

Straight is more important than far on this difficult par 5. Avoid large lake extending down the entire left side of the fairway

Be careful with your tee shot here! Water comes into play from the left side. Hole opens up to the right so aim tee shot at the right greenside bunker in the distance.

Green depth: 33 yards
Green width: 29 yards

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Hole 4
Par 3 204 Yards

Use two clubs less when the wind is behind you and avoid encroaching lake on left side of green.

Normally downwind - a high soft tee shot is required to hold the green. Take two clubs less than normal if the wind blows.

Green depth: 36 yards
Green width: 33 yards

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Hole 5
Par 4 389 Yards

Dogleg left. Attempting to cut the corner could spell trouble. A long second shot will be needed to avoid the five greenside bunkers.

This sharp dogleg left Par 4 plays very long when the tradewinds blow. Waste area along the left side of the hole. Aim tee shot towards 150 yard bush on left side of fairway. Usually an extra club to the center of the green.

Green depth: 34 yards
Green width: 31 yards

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Hole 6
Par 4 405 Yards

Aim for the left side of the fairway as the trade winds will push the tee shots to the right and towards the green. Accurate, short iron second shot needed to avoid water hazard on the right side of green.

This hole moves slightly from left to right. Aim tee shot at the comfort station in the distance. Crisp short iron approach shot required to hold this green.

Green depth: 28 yards
Green width: 33 yards

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Hole 7
Par 4 394 Yards

Fairway wood or long iron best choice off the tee. Water left and a waste bunker right place a premium on accuracy. Difficult second shot to a green fronted by and flanked to the right by water.

Beware on your tee shot! Water hazard fronting the green cannot be seen from the tee. Aim tee shot for right side of the fairway to ensure a better approach to the green.

Green depth: 40 yards
Green width: 24 yards

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Hole 8
Par 3 155 Yards

Tee shot to the left side of the green is safest. If pin is on right, a carry over water is required.

Preventing tradewinds and pin position on a large green will determined club selection. Any miss-hit shots should favor the left side.

Green depth: 49 yards
Green width: 26 yards

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